Belmont's Glover Is a Motorcyclist with a Cause
By Erin Mumme
Belmont University Circle (Winter 1999)
On June 20, 1998, hundreds of motorcyclists set out on a sixty-day, 15,000-mile tour that took them across the contiguous forty-eight states and two Canadian Provinces. The group didn't consist of burly, vacationing men in leather jackets, but rather a collection of over 400 men and women participating in the Pony Express Tour '98 in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. Sherri Glover, the coordinator of program support at Belmont University, completed a primary leg of the tour that began at the original pony express stables in Saint Joseph, Missouri and ended in Dallas, Texas.
Glover, an avid motorcyclist for the past seven years, as well as a certified motorcycle safety instructor, was part of a three-rider team that carried the tour's medallion and passed it on to the next leg. She explains that the riders from around the United States and Canada are connected by 150 relay legs. "More importantly," she says, "we are connected in spirit by our dedication to finding a cure for breast cancer."
Glover completed a leg of the tour on June 22 that began in Bowling Green. Kentucky and ended in Nashville. At the conclusion of their leg of the tour, Glover and her team took part in a ceremony at the Bicentennial Mall in which they passed on the medallion.
The sport, Glover says, has been "an avocation of broad experiences," allowing her to meet new people, change perceptions of motorcyclists, and celebrate history in the making by attending the first Women and Motorcycling conference in July of 1997. The conference introduced her to the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation, the group in charge of heading the pony express tour. Standing by their mission statement, the group's goal is to "use the sport as a vehicle to improve the lives of others," by way of donating all proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Each individual rider is in charge of raising a certain amount in pledges, which Glover says has been the biggest challenge so far. At the conclusion of the race, the group had raised thousands of dollars toward new research, but Sherri Glover knows that the rewards of being able to participate in this kind of event are immeasurable.
[Note: Sherri participated frequently in this and other charitable events.]